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“It is with deep sadness that I note the quiet passing of a true lady. Betty was one of a kind. I very much enjoyed watching her ride and being part...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Wild Kondor - Salt Point, NY

“Will miss you so much. You are my inspiration and i will remember your advice and encouragement. I met Betty at the E/L Ranch but also visited her...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Betsy casteen - Charlottesville, VA

“As an Englishwoman visiting Elkhorn Ranch for the first time, Betty welcomed me warmly and invited me to drinks in her cabin. It was quite an...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Graham - London, England

“I met Betty at Elkhorn Ranch in 1990 and we shared many wonderful all day rides in the desert and mountains. Right away she was an inspiration but I...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Cynthia Perin - Flagstaff, AZ

“After having lost my mother in March at the age of 94, I have learned to appreciate how fortunate we are to live into our 90s, and to live life as we...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Caroline Dolfi - NY

“When they added the word "lady" to the English language the author must have had Betty Davis in mind. Her very presence brought joy to the hearts of...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Ange Ferrara - Fishkill, NY

“I will always treasure the evenings spent with Betty Da (Davis), as she and her best friend Betty Du (Dupont) entertained us with stories of their...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Tricia Tozier - Tucson, AZ

“Please accept our Sincerest Sympathy for the loss of Betty. She was definitely the "First Lady of the Town of Clinton". Please know that you are in...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Russ & Lynn Tompkins

“The Officers and Members of West Clinton Engine Company #2 wish to express our sincerest condolences to the extended family and friend of Betty. She...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: West Clinton Engine Company #2

“One of our fondest memories of Betty was of a Chinese dinner party that we had won at a local charity auction. Betty & I decided that we should...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Michel & Veronica Tcherevkoff - NY

“A truly grand lady. She will be missed most deeply and by many. She opened her home to my then fiance and his family to stay at before our wedding 19...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Jennifer Huber - Brentwood , TN

“May You Rest Forever In Peace Mrs. Davis ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Helen Connor - Friend

“How very lucky I am to have such a dear friend that is so terribly hard to say goodbye to. My heart would have no rainbow if my eyes had no tears. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Norma Dolan - Friend


Town of Clinton - Elizabeth Carpenter Davis, 90, a Town of Clinton resident since 1968, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2013. She was also affectionately known by such names as "Chilly" and "Blonde Betty."
Born on July 30, 1922 in Southampton, NY, she was the daughter of the late William and Bess Efferson Carpenter. She was raised in New York City and summered throughout her childhood in Lake Placid.
She was a 1941 graduate of the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Conn., and 1945 graduate of Vassar College.
Elizabeth married Putnam Davis on April 20, 1968. He predeceased her on May 20, 1984.
Mrs. Davis owned and operated Talisman Farm in the Town of Clinton.
A dignified, determined, true lady, she helped many people in many ways. Betty was an icon of community service.
She was a revered community contributor, working endless hours for The Women's Republican Club, and spearheading the restoration of the Clinton Town Hall as well as having a justice wing
added to the town building in honor of her late husband, Putnam Davis, a former Town Magistrate. She was also a member of the Nine Partners Lions Club.
Betty enjoyed traveling. An avid skier favoring Aspen and Vail, Colorado, she was also widely travelled with film maker John Jay's Ski Films. She also spent time in Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Mrs. Davis was an accomplished equestrian, riding both English and Western. She spent many years visiting the E/L Ranch in Greenough, Montana and the Elkhorn Ranch in Tucson, Arizona. She was a Master of Foxhounds for both Rombout and Stone Valley Hunts for many years beginning in 1968. She was former president of the Stone Valley Trail Riding Association. She continued to ride her much loved horses until just 3 weeks before her death.
Per Betty's wishes she requested the following statement be issued: Betty is survived by her dear friend Norma Dolan and many valued and loved extended family members and innumerable very dedicated and close friends.
Betty was predeceased by her dear lifelong friend, Betty "Brown Betty" DuPont of Missoula, Montana.
There will be no calling hours. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of the Life of Elizabeth C. Davis will be held on August 3rd at 1 Pm at the Clinton Alliance Church Youth Center, 1192 Centre Rd., Clinton Corners. Those wishing to pay their respects to the Davis Family are invited.
The Davis family respectfully requests memorial donations to the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Elizabeth C. Davis Memorial Fund, 80 Washington St., Suite 201, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. (This designated fund will be used for activities and projects that Betty supported for the benefit of the Town of Clinton.)
Arrangements are by Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Hyde Park. www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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